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Jul 112015
 

I was innocently strolling along Savannah’s waterfront early one morning when I spotted a large 3-masted sailing ship.  Beautiful boat, if a boat is what it’s called.  Seemed built in the “old” style, the way ships used to be made, when sailing was the way people and nations navigated large distances.  It was obviously a newer version of the old, but grand in style in every way.  Anyway, the closer I got, the more I realized much of the crew hanging out on the rigging of one of the large masts.  Odd maybe, but quite interesting.  A Danish teaching vessel filled with it’s young crew.

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Jun 192015
 

It’s summer.  The kids are out of school.  Time for sailing lessons.  Every year at this time these little sail boats cluster in the bay across from San Francisco with their eager learners and go through the gyrations of learning how to navigate a boat with the wind.  They’re fun to watch.  Sometimes funny.  What’s nice is that they’re out in the sunshine and elements, moving their bodies, creating a connection the natural world, learning the idiosyncrasies of the wind and how move with it rather than fight it.  Aikido on the water.  Ballet with a boat.  I watch from my office.

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Dec 052014
 

Highway 1 in California is one of those roads that’s a must do.  No matter where you catch on, it’s a scenic joy ride.  I don’t live far from a section of it and I always enjoy the drive.  I’ve driven by Tomales Bay many a time and even kayaked across it.  Believe me it’s not always this calm, but when it is it can be as glass.  The fog descends, the light mist appears.  Pt. Reyes becomes more distant.

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May 142014
 

All Stop.  That’s what the captain said.  With the enemy fleet up ahead we don’t want to be a floating target.  Hopefully they’re too engaged to see us so we’ll just sit here for a while and wait.  At least that could be the scene.  I wandered around this old ship one day and played with all kinds of scenarios in my mind.  Red Oak Victory was actually a cargo ship that supplied war ships in the Pacific during world war two.  The romance of being on it in reality is only in the movies, I think.

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Apr 262014
 

The Red Oak Victory is a World War Two naval supply ship.  It was built where it’s now docked in Richmond, California and I wandered in and through it last fall.  I’m not old enough to have participated in the war but it sure did take me back.  Hard to really imagine people actually doing all that; going to sea loaded with supplies for those actually doing battle in the Pacific, knowing you were a floating target.  At least we know they made it back.  Now it’s part of the “Rosie the Riveter” national monument in the Richmond shipyards.

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